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Mr. G. Mitchell

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very slow moving story

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I love the series of books but this, while filling in story, isn't a fast moving story and isn't an "action" story. It's more about feelings drags on a little for me.

if you're into the Witcher books, don't start with this one.

unfulfilling

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-19

So this is a number of short stories some 45 minutes long others 2 minutes long. There's no continuity between they are like random part stories the author has had but didn't work out how to finish them.

I really HATE stories that just stop, not end just stop, like they didn't really know how to finish the story so they "let the reader decide" it's a cheap way to write a story.

good but shame about the narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-19

I enjoyed the book but the narrator is just plain awful.

You can hear every breath, the voices of the characters are the same as his narrating voice and he reads it quite quick.

An interesting story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Overall the story is a good one, but spoilt by unnecessary "thinking" descriptions that really stop the flow of the story, at 1 point there is a whole chapter on how someone, years before, died. and it doesn't add a single thing to the overall story.

The performance by David was good, I could tell the people apart which is always helpful just a shame it was "padded" out.

little bit misleading title

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

First off, maybe I misunderstood what this was going to be about from the description and interpreted it the way I wanted to. It's not a story set in the Harry Potter world, it is not a story filling in more details about Magic used in Harry Potter.

It's a book that starts off about the history of the books of Harry Potter which is set in a magical world, then talks about magic through the age of the real world with quotes from the books stuck in for some random reason.

If you want that, then this is the book for you, I agree with other reviews that it needs images as parts of narrative is describing a picture that's on a page in front of the reader.

Honestly it's almost like they've stuck the word "Harry Potter" on the title, added in some text about the books to pad out a book which seems to be interviews with people about magic that would be 6hours without the HP stuff.

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it's interesting subject

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

So the book is from the view point of "masters of formalities" almost like aid's to royal families. Scott has a great way of writing characters and they do make me chuckle imaging them. Luke does a great job of bringing them to life.

If I had a negative is that there is a storyline that runs through it that really doesn't need to be there in that much detail. but other than that i enjoyed it.

interesting but biased views

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I've always been interested in the Arnhem battle so was keen to see how this book compared to the Cornelius Ryan book. the author sets out his views at the start of the book, mainly that it was all Monty's fault from the start, and that view influences the rest of the book. The wording used, the conclusions of events, all aimed at supporting his views.

The book is also filled with quotes from "unknown persons" which is strange if you've researched the subject for yourself rather than drawing on 3rd hand sources, add to this there are occasional quotes where, for example a tank is coming towards the person and says "oh <swearword>" am not sure why these sort of quotes has been included, it doesn't add anything to the story.

The narrator is so drool and boring, it sounds like listening to an old man who isn't a natural reader, he tries to put on accents for the different quotes but they all sound like his normal voice.

it does have a small amount of new information over the Cornelius Ryan book but for me it's the only positive.

Bit misleading title

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-18

You would think a book called "A history in seven sackings" would be about sackings of Rome...no, its about the life of Rome in different times, mostly politics and religion, which are major themes during this period. With very little actually to do with the capturing/sacking or Rome. There are chapters after chapters that have nothing to do with the taking of the city, tatics or reason why someone was trying to take the city, and other parts were it will just dedicate maybe 2 paragraphs to someone else trying to take the city.
The Narrate Neil Gardner did a good job, read at a steady clear pace.

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If you like Thrawn books you will enjoy this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I've really enjoyed past Thrawn books, he's an interesting character who is kind of a hero of the evil empire but his cleverness is what I enjoy the most.

Marc Thompson has done many many books in the serious and continues to do it very well, a good range of voices and capturing the essences of the characters. All Star Wars Audiobooks come with the backing of sound effects and music from the Star Wars universe and it really helps add to the experience.

Awful, no story, no point to it

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

No idea what the point of this book was, basically 4/5 of it is backstory (which anyone who likes Halo or read previous books will know) or character relationship which goes on for chapter after chapter and only in the very end does anything actually start to happen and even then it's not very interesting or even remotely original.

Scott Brick is a very good narrator but his range of voices is limited, so while it doesn't detract from the story it doesn't add anything either.

Honestly, there was nothing good about this book at all.